“When National Grid goes to build new electric substations in towns across the Capital Region, the projects can sometimes be controversial.
Substations are expensive, they can often cost ratepayers more than $10 million to build, and often neighbors get upset if a substation is built near their homes or where their children go to school.
But as New York state increases its renewable energy output as it seeks to remove carbon emissions from its economy, new solar-ready substations are making it easier for solar farm developers to site projects upstate and in the Capital Region.
In fact, the construction of two new substations that National Grid has built in the town of Milton in Saratoga County have helped a solar developer called Active Solar to build two solar farms and plan a third that is in the early planning stages.”
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Rulison, Larry. Albany TImes Union 9 April 2021.